God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies

by Justin Holcomb

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God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is an invaluable resource and beautifully illustrated story to help families talk about sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children.

Because the private parts of our bodies are private, home is the ideal environment for a child to learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others—without conveying a message of shame.

Through carefully written language and relatable storytelling, God Made All of Me helps parents navigate discussion that can so easily be warped into confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy.

Instead of instilling a message that their bodies are shameful—which can often prevent children from recognizing and reporting sexual abuse—Justin and Lindsey Holcomb equip parents to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.

This helpful guide starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. With the help of God Made All of Me, parents and caregivers can begin conversations with boys and girls about their bodies, helping kids understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others.

This life-changing resource shows readers how to establish the foundation for a healthy bond with their children to meet increasing challenges of sexuality, which they will inevitably confront in childhood and adolescence. By teaching their children how to establish body and health boundaries, parents are imparting invaluable skills for their kids to express thoughts and feelings.

God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written by Rid of My Disgrace authors, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Parents of young children themselves, the Holcombs are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face, and they regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse.

Explore God Made All of Me and find encouragement, clear guidance, and the tools necessary to facilitate open conversations about how your children can protect their bodies, an important step in keeping them as safe as possible.


Justin Holcomb, PhD, is a minister and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He has authored many books, including coauthoring  Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace. He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).

Lindsey Holcomb, MPH, counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Lindsey has provided crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and conducted a variety of training seminars to service providers. She is also the coauthor of Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace.

Trish Mahoney is a graphic designer and illustrator in Seattle where she runs The Mahoney Studio with her husband, Patrick, also a designer and illustrator. They have two children—both budding artists, too.



"Protecting our children begins with conversations that help them understand how to protect themselves. Unfortunately, many parents simply aren't equipped to have these often difficult and awkward conversations with their little ones. Tragically, sexual offenders realize this and often target children who have never learned how to protect their bodies. The simplicity of the text and the wonderful illustrations make God Made All of Me the perfect resource for teaching our children this absolutely necessary information. What I love most about this amazing little book is how beautifully it conveys God's love for little ones by wanting them to be safe. As a former child abuse prosecutor, I have no doubt that God Made All of Me will be a major contribution to making our world a safer place for our precious children."
Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director, GRACE; Professor of Law; and former prosecutor

"Justin and Lindsey have written a book to help us protect our children from sexual abuse. In clear and simple language it engages the child in the discussion. Woven throughout is the foundational belief that our children have been purposefully created by God and that every aspect of their being was his idea. I highly recommend God Made All of Me to parents of young children. Love them well by educating them about keeping their bodies safe."
Diane Langberg, PhD, Psychologist

"This is a strange and beautiful book. Strange because it's so unique: exploring God's creation with a view to helping children protect themselves in an increasingly at-risk culture. Beautiful because it hits its mark: instilling practical wisdom in a way that teaches without terrifying. The combined experience of the authors makes this a terrific resource for parents as well. As a father of four, I highly recommend it."
Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California

"A lively, engaging, and straightforward little book, God Made All of Me is the perfect invitation to start a conversation with children about their bodies, boundaries, and the people in their life that make them feel safe. This book is both God-glorifying and visually stimulating and our homes and churches will be safer and more joyful places because of it. "
Rachel Held Evans, blogger and author of Faith Unraveled, author of Searching for Sunday  

"God Made All of Me is a sweet, compelling, brilliantly sensitive invitation to teach your children the beauty of their body and the honor due to being made in the image of God. It offers simple and clear wisdom little ones can grasp about how to protect themselves from inappropriate or unwanted touch. It is the responsibility of every parent and grandparent to address uncomfortable subjects. This glorious resource is an investment in care, protection, and honor. I am grateful I get to read this to all three of my grandchildren."
Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology; author of The Wounded Heart and Healing the Wounded Heart 

"I wish my family had this book when I was a little girl because if they did I wouldn't have the sexual abuse story I have today. This is an important, straightforward book."
Mary DeMuth, author of Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse

"As a parent to a young daughter, I'm already thinking through how to parent well in this area. Too many resources, when I was growing up, made us feel shame because of our bodies, or just simply didn't talk about it. I'm so thankful and completely indebted to Justin and Lindsey for giving us a resource like this."
Jefferson Bethke, author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion 

"This is a must-read for any parent who wants to help empower their child to be safe from those who hurt little ones."
Michael Reagan, President, The Reagan Legacy Foundation

"This book is an absolute gift to parents! Finally, there is a quality book that engages children while providing a way for parents to discuss the difficult topic of sexual abuse. This is a vital tool to help parents raise healthy, brave children."
Lindsey Strickland, former child advocate at Sexual Assault Resource Agency, Charlottesville, VA

"It's sad that we have to educate our children in self-protection; but it is profoundly necessary. The good news is we can rejoice that we are God's creation and teach our children to live in that sacred dignity. This book is a great help!"
Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida 

"Educating our children about their bodies is one of the most important steps in preventing child abuse. That's why God Made All of Me is a valuable resource. A simple story with colorful artwork, and theological and practical truth—all packed into one small book. Parents, educators, Sunday school teachers, children's ministry directors, and many others should pick up a copy today and read it to their young children."
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC); and author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church and The Pastor and Counseling

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A Needed Conversation Starter With Kids

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is both necessary to shine a light to expose the sexual assault that goes on around us and to be proactive in protecting children from such abuse. Yet, much of the awareness and preventative steps suggested are directed toward informing adults. A genuine question needs to be asked, “If children are the target of some of this assault and abuse, then wouldn’t it make sense to inform and equip them on the matter?” Of course, it is important to be age-appropriate with the details. Still, because of the current climate of our culture, parents must begin to brace themselves for conversations with their children on these tough topics. To come alongside and help parents do that, Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb have written a unique children’s book, God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies.

Writing as a child sexual abuse victim and a board member of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments), Justin Holcomb’s goal is to place a tool in parent’s and caregiver’s hands. This tool lays down the foundational biblical truth to children that God has made their bodies. Building on that, the book discusses an understanding of private body parts and touches that are appropriate and inappropriate (Parents, please note that the book does use formal terms for private body parts). The book teaches children private parts are not for sharing but if something does happen, what occurred between them and the adult is not meant to be kept a secret. They are also warned about those who may try to trick them into being alone with them. Children are instructed to say, “No!” and to ask for help immediately.

God Made All of Me takes a sensitive subject and provides helpful content in a conversational style. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb present this important information by sharing a story of a talk between parents and their two children, Kayla and David. The illustrations by Trish Mahoney further contribute to the engaging manner of the book. Serving as bookends of the story, the book opens up with a letter to parents or caregivers of children who will read the book or who will hear the book read. The book closes with a section on “9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse”. Because the book is written for 2-to-8 year olds, parents will want to be thoughtful as they use anatomical language to describe private body parts. In the end, Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb provide parents as well as pastors, educators, Sunday School teachers, and children’s ministry directors with a tool for protecting children with truth from God’s Word. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child, this book is a must read and a needed conversation starter!
Posted by Theron St. John on 29th Sep 2018

Fantastic Resource for a Difficult Conversation


If you watch the news or are connected to Facebook, you will no doubt know that our children live in a dangerous time. We live in an age where you need to check the sex-offender registry before moving into a neighborhood and do background checks on church volunteers. In this culture, it is paramount to begin educating our children on the dangers around them.

No one is insulated from this risk. A recent study of reported child abuse cases shows that only 10% of children are molested by a stranger. That means that 90% of molesters are family members and friends. You may think that your children are not old enough to begin thinking about keeping their private parts, private - but 45% of molested children are under the age of 5. To be honest, that makes me sick at my stomach. So what do we do?

Starting this conversation can be a difficult task because it raises questions like “what is age appropriate” and “how much should you share”. We now have a great resource to help us answer those questions and train our children.

Justin & Lindsey Holcomb have published a handy little book called, “God Made All of Me”. I love this book for a lot of reasons. First and maybe most important, the conversation is rooted in the fact that when God created people, we were declared perfect, in all of our parts. This is a uniquely Christian approach to the conversation and for parents who have utilized any form of a catechism with their child, this will fit right into that methodology.

The second thing I liked is the content for parents is spot on. It starts with a basic introduction to the purpose for the book and gives a simple, but good framework for the need to read the book. The most helpful portion of the book for parents is the very practical section in the back called ‘9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse’.

The third thing I liked about the book was the blending of age-appropriate content with fun artwork throughout the book. Keep in mind that this is a book that you want to read with your child and guide him or her through the content. This is probably not a book you want to put on your four-year-olds shelf and leave it for them to read alone. Half-way through the book there is one page that gives medical names to a child’s private parts - depending on your preference and your child’s age, you may want to augment this.

This is a fun little book that may be helpful in starting the conversation with your child if you haven’t already. As a parent of six, this would be on my must read list with my children if they were between two and eight years old.
Posted by Patrick McConnel on 28th Sep 2018

Awesome book!

Facilitates healthy discussion without any body shame! I was not sure how to talk to my 2 & 3 year about body boundaries as they are going to school and I have noticed my 3 year old has had more and more questions about babies and bodies. It really helps guide you how to talk simply to them about their body and protect it. It also give some great tips for parents such as discussing that there are no secrets from you and your co parent and then and that no one should ever touch their private parts other than changing their diapers and if they ever feel uncomfortable to say no and Immediately tell someone.
Posted by Lauren Leonard on 28th Sep 2018

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Weight: 0.65 LBS
Width: 8.75
Height: 8.75
Depth: 0.35
Author: Justin Holcomb
ISBN-13: 978-1-942572-30-5
ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-1-942572-55-8
Publication Date: 08/21/2015
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 32
Age Level: 3-5
Grade Level: Preschool
Read a Sample: https://newgrowthpress.com/content/Samples/God-Made-All-of-Me-Sample.pdf
Series: God Made Me Series